Randi Rhodes Suspended

Why? "[F]or making inappropriate statements about prominent figures, including Senator Hillary Clinton, at a recent public appearance on behalf of Air America in San Francisco which was sponsored by an Air America affiliate station."

Those "inappropriate statements" would be repeatedly calling Hillary Clinton "a big fucking whore" as well as a "bitch."

I literally couldn't stand to listen to her incessant ranting long and reiteratively enough to transcribe the video, but in addition to deeming Clinton "a big fucking whore" and waxing misogynist about how the Senator is "one of these women," Rhodes also calls Geraldine Ferraro a "fucking whore" and goes on a long riff about Eliot Spitzer, the Emperor's Club ("How gay is that?"), and the quality and value of the prostitute involved, as compared to Angelina Jolie.

Meanwhile, the crowd cheers wildly at all the very special woman-hating venom, as it pours out the gaping maw of an allegedly progressive woman.

Thing is, Randi Rhodes has never been progressive, except insomuch as people who hate George Bush are considered de facto "progressives" by other fauxgressives who don't give a damn about social progress. She's casually transphobic, homophobic, and misogynist as it suits her needs, though she purports to defend LGBTQ- and women's rights. And she's not fucking talented, either. I'm hard-pressed to imagine anything that could more thoroughly expose her as the uncreative, unclever, unfunny hack she is than calling Hillary Clinton a whore—which makes her not only offensive, but boring. That shtick is about as fresh as a pile of day-old puke. Congratulations, Randi Rhodes: You're as hip as Phyllis Schlafly.

Rhodes is the primary reason I stopped listening to or giving a shit about Air America. She's one of the leading figures in combating the Cult of Bush Conservatism with a heavy dose of Just As Bad, which I find utterly appalling and counterproductive. My only question is why she was only suspended and not shit-canned, like she should have been long ago.

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